Ray Roberts Lake

Isle de Bois Unit Trails

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Ray Roberts Lake State Park Isle du Bois Unit Trails Map 100 PW 4137 Pilot Point, TX 76258 (940) 686-2148 www.texasstateparks.org LEGEND Restrooms/Showers Parking Headquarters Equestrian Parking Watering Area (equestrian) Fishing Pier Hiking Trail Biking Trail Horse Trail Picnic Area Picnic Shelter Swimming Area Boat Ramp Playground Amphitheater Nature Center Kid Fish Pond NOTES: All trails allow hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated. Contour intervals are 10 feet. Trail lengths are in miles. Elevation levels are in feet. No claims are made to the accuracy of the data or its suitability to a particular use. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. © 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4503-0137AA (7/19) Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. POINTS OF INTEREST 3 NATURE CENTER 33° 21' 55.4" N 97° 00' 40.9" W Come on in to meet a friendly ranger or volunteer and learn about the natural and cultural history of our park. Inside you’ll find wildlife displays, live snakes, and an arts and crafts corner. You can also check out a free Junior Ranger Explorer backpack here! 4 POCKET PRAIRIES 33° 23' 01.4" N 97° 01' 15.9" W The Eastern Cross Timbers are sprinkled with a mosaic of small prairie areas known as pocket prairies. Here you’ll find a rich diversity of wildlife attracted to the transition from woodland to open prairie grasses. These pocket prairies rely on wildland fires to keep away the encroaching forest. 5 SEASONAL POND 33° 22' 56.8" N 97° 01' 22.7" W Seasonal wetlands like this small pond serve as temporary homes and nurseries for frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, and more. You may also spot the occasional mammal coming for a drink. (GPS coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) 1 2 WINDOW INTO THE PAST 33° 22' 03.5" N 97° 00' 37.3" W This sandstone chimney is the last remaining feature of what was once a log cabin built in the 1880s by some of the first pioneers in North Texas. Try to imagine everyday life as an early settler here in the Crosstimbers. What would you eat? What would you do for fun? LAKESIDE LIFE 33° 22' 10.2" N 97° 00' 46.2" W Shhh. If quiet, you may be able to glimpse a great blue heron stalking for fish, a diving osprey, or swimming waterfowl. Come back on a summer evening and you’ll be greeted with a symphony of frog and toad calls. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Ray Roberts Lake State Park Isle du Bois Unit Explore the natural beauty of North Central Texas. TRAIL DISTANCE DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION EAGLE ACTIVITY TRAIL 0.3 mi. Easy Can you leap like a frog? Scamper like a squirrel? Test your animal abilities and more on this self-guided trail designed for kids and their families. LOST PINES TRAIL 0.5 mi. Easy Catch a glimpse of the lake, see a remnant of an early settler’s cabin, and take in the towering pines mixed with native oaks and elms all in a half mile loop. RANDY BELL SCENIC TRAIL 2.2 mi. Easy Experience the many stories this trail has to share, and explore the woodlands and prairies as they were before Ray Roberts Lake was developed. EQUESTRIAN MULTIUSE TRAIL 10 mi. (each way) Moderate From the Lost Lake to the Elm Fork of the Greenbelt and beyond, these sandy equestrian trails extend beyond the map’s boundaries. No potable water is available on portions of the trail. STAYING SAFE DORBA TRAIL LOOP E 9.2 mi. Moderate KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/ hiking shoes. Named for the Dallas Off Road Biking Association, five consecutive trails were built by mountain bikers. Intense riding crisscrosses prairies and timber lands alike. DORBA TRAIL LOOP D 7 mi. Challenging Note: D loop is EXPERT only. DORBA TRAIL LOOP C 4.4 mi. Challenging The middle portion of the DORBA trail. DORBA TRAIL LOOP B 0.7 mi. Moderate Less than a mile, this portion of the trail is a great follow-up from Loop A. DORBA TRAIL LOOP A 0.2 mi. Moderate The shortest of our DORBA trail loops. Perfect for beginners, or as a warm-up. Emerald green reflects against crystal blue waters, providing scenic views throughout the park. On wheel, foot, boat, or horseback, the beauty of this park will astound you. Explore the mix of Eastern Cross Timbers and Blackland Prairie that is Isle du Bois, and find yourself coming back for more. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity. TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. WEAR A HELMET. When mountain biking, check with park HQ to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash. CHECK FOR TRAIL CLOSURES. Certain trails may be closed during prescribed burns, inclement weather, or for other resource management work. TRAIL ETIQUETTE White-tailed Deer For information on Texas State Parks, visit www.texasstateparks.org Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick. Please do not feed them. Keep pets on leashes to keep them safe, while protecting wildlife. POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PLANTS AND ANIMALS LIVE HERE. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails. Do not approach wildlife! FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1. Trash your trash. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace. Take only memories and pictures. Help preserve nature. Please don’t disturb or remove any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts. No horsing around. Horseback riders must stay on trails marked for horses. Sign up today for free email updates: texasstateparks.org/email /texasparksandwildlife @TPWDparks #TxStateParks Sponsor: Whole Earth Provision Co.

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